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Are you keen to develop an understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life? Do you want to enhance your skills in research and analysis, and decision-making?

Social sciences help us to identify trends, explore relationships, challenge prejudices and gain a deeper understanding of the societies in which we live and work. This understanding equips us with the tools to question current thinking and inform future social policy.

This foundation year, which covers the areas of sociology, politics, criminology, and media, prepares you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects.  Through engaging with real world issues, you’ll begin to develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for both further study and employment.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Are you keen to develop an understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life? Do you want to enhance your skills in research and analysis, and decision-making?

Social sciences help us to identify trends, explore relationships, challenge prejudices and gain a deeper understanding of the societies in which we live and work. This understanding equips us with the tools to question current thinking and inform future social policy.

This foundation year, which covers the areas of sociology, politics, criminology, and media, prepares you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects.  Through engaging with real world issues, you’ll begin to develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for both further study and employment.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Course Information

UCAS Code
L3L4

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Social Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021 or September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Social Sciences Foundation Year

Our Department of Social Sciences is a community that equips you to make a positive social change, become a critical thinker, a problem solver, and to challenge what you think, see and hear.

Book an Open Day / Experience Social Sciences Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Sciences Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

EU Fee in Year 1: £16,000

International Fee in Year 1: £16,000

 

Click here for UK, EU and International Scholarships scholarship, fees, and funding information.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3002 -

Crime and Society (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the concept of crime and its manifestations within society. You will explore the different types of crime that exist and the platforms on which they take place; consider perspectives that help explain why these crimes occur; investigate ways in which we respond as a society to those who commit crime and look at different approaches used to prevent it. You will also explore the different career and study routes that are available to you within the crime / criminal justice sector.

As well as the above core knowledge areas, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to understand and talk about crime within society and within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; essay and report writing and presentation skills. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

More information

AD3004 -

Sociological Imagination (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of sociology as a discipline and to begin to develop your own ‘sociological imagination’. Central to this is an understanding of how individuals not only shape the world around them but are also shaped by it. This is the core focus of sociology and will be the focus of this module. It will draw on contemporary social issues and problems to help you understand society and the role of sociology in understanding and seeking to change it.

This module introduces you to key ideas and vocabulary in the in the study of society, such as ‘agency’ and the notion of the structured social world and therefore the foundation of society such as the family, identity, the role of the state, crime and punishment and economic inequality etc. Throughout the module you will be supported to be self-reflective about your place in the social world and to consider if your own attitudes and beliefs are the result of your own free will (agency) or the consequence of pressure from wider social forces, or maybe even both.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the sociology and/or other social science subject areas.

More information

AD3005 -

Politics and Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the concept of power through which you will gain an insight into the world of politics and how collective decisions are made. As part of this you will investigate who makes decisions, how decisions are made, what factors influence decision-making and what is the impact of decisions. This will be examined through studying a number of real world, contemporary and often controversial issues, which will help you better understand domestic and international politics, political processes and the role of ideas in decision-making.

In addition to the above, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to communicate your understanding within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; and writing. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

More information

AD3031 -

International Development (Core,20 Credits)

Is Comic Relief a positive response to global poverty? Should the UK support development in other countries? Why is global poverty disproportionately located in the global south? These are the kinds of questions we will explore on this module, giving you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of international development as a key social science discipline. Central to this is an understanding of:

(a) the extent of global poverty, inequality and exploitation,
(b) the causes and explanations of these problems and
(c) the ways in which activists, organisations and governments have responded to the these challenges.

You will learn about a range of ideas, concepts and case studies from across the world to help make sense of some of these important, contemporary issues.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the international development and/or other social science subject areas.

More information

AD3039 -

Big Ideas: Issues and Debates in the Social Sciences (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to some of the key issues and debates in the social sciences such as those around a good life/society, democracy, citizenship, social change, mobilities, solidarities, power, culture and identities/self. These issues will be illustrated through classical and contemporary case studies, demonstrating links to the undergraduate curricula in the social sciences, notably criminology, sociology, politics and international development. A range of social scientists (from criminology, sociology, politics and international development) will also reflect on how their disciplines have developed distinctive professional practices and identities as they have engaged with these ‘Big Ideas’ in recent years.

More information

AD3040 -

Social Sciences Portfolio: Skills for University (Core,20 Credits)

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to succeeding with the foundation degree and your subsequent undergraduate programme. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as referencing, research, communication and team-work; Students will undertake a group research project, demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and personal skills which they have developed through their learning.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3002 -

Crime and Society (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the concept of crime and its manifestations within society. You will explore the different types of crime that exist and the platforms on which they take place; consider perspectives that help explain why these crimes occur; investigate ways in which we respond as a society to those who commit crime and look at different approaches used to prevent it. You will also explore the different career and study routes that are available to you within the crime / criminal justice sector.

As well as the above core knowledge areas, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to understand and talk about crime within society and within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; essay and report writing and presentation skills. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

More information

AD3004 -

Sociological Imagination (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of sociology as a discipline and to begin to develop your own ‘sociological imagination’. Central to this is an understanding of how individuals not only shape the world around them but are also shaped by it. This is the core focus of sociology and will be the focus of this module. It will draw on contemporary social issues and problems to help you understand society and the role of sociology in understanding and seeking to change it.

This module introduces you to key ideas and vocabulary in the in the study of society, such as ‘agency’ and the notion of the structured social world and therefore the foundation of society such as the family, identity, the role of the state, crime and punishment and economic inequality etc. Throughout the module you will be supported to be self-reflective about your place in the social world and to consider if your own attitudes and beliefs are the result of your own free will (agency) or the consequence of pressure from wider social forces, or maybe even both.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the sociology and/or other social science subject areas.

More information

AD3005 -

Politics and Decision Making (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the concept of power through which you will gain an insight into the world of politics and how collective decisions are made. As part of this you will investigate who makes decisions, how decisions are made, what factors influence decision-making and what is the impact of decisions. This will be examined through studying a number of real world, contemporary and often controversial issues, which will help you better understand domestic and international politics, political processes and the role of ideas in decision-making.

In addition to the above, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to communicate your understanding within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; and writing. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

More information

AD3031 -

International Development (Core,20 Credits)

Is Comic Relief a positive response to global poverty? Should the UK support development in other countries? Why is global poverty disproportionately located in the global south? These are the kinds of questions we will explore on this module, giving you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of international development as a key social science discipline. Central to this is an understanding of:

(a) the extent of global poverty, inequality and exploitation,
(b) the causes and explanations of these problems and
(c) the ways in which activists, organisations and governments have responded to the these challenges.

You will learn about a range of ideas, concepts and case studies from across the world to help make sense of some of these important, contemporary issues.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the international development and/or other social science subject areas.

More information

AD3039 -

Big Ideas: Issues and Debates in the Social Sciences (Core,20 Credits)

You will be introduced to some of the key issues and debates in the social sciences such as those around a good life/society, democracy, citizenship, social change, mobilities, solidarities, power, culture and identities/self. These issues will be illustrated through classical and contemporary case studies, demonstrating links to the undergraduate curricula in the social sciences, notably criminology, sociology, politics and international development. A range of social scientists (from criminology, sociology, politics and international development) will also reflect on how their disciplines have developed distinctive professional practices and identities as they have engaged with these ‘Big Ideas’ in recent years.

More information

AD3040 -

Social Sciences Portfolio: Skills for University (Core,20 Credits)

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to succeeding with the foundation degree and your subsequent undergraduate programme. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as referencing, research, communication and team-work; Students will undertake a group research project, demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and personal skills which they have developed through their learning.

More information

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Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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